Air pollution costs each American US$2,500 a year in healthcare

Air pollution also contributes to 107,000 premature deaths per year in the United States, the report found.

Air pollution from fossil fuels costs each American an average of $2,500 a year in extra medical bills, researchers said on Thursday, as climate change hurts both health and finances.

The national price tag was put at more than $820 billion a year, with air pollution contributing to an estimated 107,000 premature deaths annually, said the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental advocacy group,

“The science is clear: the dangerous effects of climate change – and their profound costs to our health and our pocketbooks – will worsen each year we fail to curb the pollution,” said the NDRC’s Vijay Limaye.

The report used data from several dozen scientific papers to tally the overall cost of a changing climate on US health.

Heat waves, which can trigger strokes and exacerbate cardiovascular problems, cost the country $263 million a year, the report found, with wildfire smoke costing Americans $16 billion annually.

A wildfire in Los Angeles this week has fueled fears that California’s wildfire season is becoming longer. Five of the six largest wildfires in the state’s history occurred last year.